By Maria Lozano

Tony Zender, the head of the Zambia section of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, travelled to this African country on a visit. His goal: to take stock of the aid the charity has granted over the last few years and to determine the future needs of the local church. The interview was held by Maria Lozano. 

By Daniele Piccini

The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee have finished restoring the first 17 houses in the Christian village on the Nineveh Plain. The families who have returned home are saying, “Our life, our history is here. This is where we want to live.”  

Thousands of displaced families in northern Iraq urgently in need of a roof over their heads have had their prayers answered – with help from the benefactors of a leading Catholic charity. 

By Maria Lozano

During the recent ACN visit in March 2017 to the diocese of Maiduguri, Bishop Oliver Doeme highlighted the main challenges for his diocese, which include a humanitarian crisis, a lack of food, a lack of education (schools destroyed), but also, what he calls, a spiritual crisis. The majority of people in his diocese have been severely traumatized. The bishop went on to explain that most of those killed by Boko Haram were men, which leaves the diocese with over 5,000 widows and 15,000 orphans to care for. The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has approved an urgent grant of $100,000 to support these victims of Boko Haram. 

By Maria Lozano

Archbishop Amel Nona was the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul when ISIS invaded the city in 2014 forcing the Christian communities to flee. The archbishop found shelter together with his flock in Telkef and in other Christian villages on the Nineveh Plains. This refuge was short-lived: during the night of August 6th, with only 30 minutes warning, Peshmerga troops retreated from the path of the ISIS advance, leaving more than 120,000 Christians to their fate. The night of the exodus, their flight to Erbil and eventually on to other countries around the world, became the "Golgotha" of the 21st century for tens of thousands of Christians. 

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